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AKIPRESS.COM - Sweden has suspended some of its financial aid to Uganda over a law that toughened punishment for gays, becoming the fourth donor to do so, Reuters reported.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed an anti-gay bill in late February that strengthens already strict laws against homosexuals by imposing a life sentence for certain violations and making it a crime to not report anyone who breaks the law.
“Swedish aid is not unconditional. The Government is therefore now choosing to suspend government-to-government payments still due under our current strategy for Uganda, with the exception of research cooperation,” Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation Hillevi Engström said late on Wednesday.
Sweden follows the World Bank, Norway and Denmark, who have withheld or diverted aid totaling around $110 million. The United States says it is reviewing ties.
Continued donor cuts to east Africa's third biggest economy are stirring fears of capital flight and are forcing Uganda to look to alternative sources for funding its budget, for which donors make up 20%.